The Online Otto Dix Project

A German Artist and Print Maker

The Trenches Near Reims II
Gräben vor Reims II

Year: 1916

Description: A once tranquil Reims valley is now decimated by war. The landscape is bumped and bruised. Anger flows from the gouache Dix works furiously across the paper. The ruggedness of the landscape is accentuated with thick black lines.

There was never much time along the front to refine a work of art. An artist never knew how much longer he had to survive. Dix's war time pieces contain a sense of urgency. He must complete them while he can.

Provenance: Private collection

  • Estate of Otto Dix

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  • Sabrina Sohn

    I was wondering if the subject matter himself commissioned the artist to draw the doctor or not? thanks